Princess Theatre

511 Church Street,
Nashville, TN 37219

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The Princess Theatre

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The Princess Theatre is listed as residing at 511 Church Street in the 1917-44 Nashville city directories. The theatre reopened at 415 Church Street around 1949. In 1950 it was operated by the Crescent Amusement Co. and was still open in 1957.

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DavePrice on June 18, 2011 at 8:51 am

Great pic, TLSLOEWS. To the youngsters looking at this, the main part of this property facing Church Street was occupied by the Jackson Building, the Princess lobby was on the westerly (right) side over next to McKendree Methodist and the auditorium was at the back of the property, behind the Jackson Bldg.

Old timers recall eating at Shackletts in the Jackson Bldg. They had a bread cart that came around and you could pick what you wanted.

Most things that I recall fondly do not exist any more!!

TLSLOEWS on June 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

Thanks Dave,Harveys,Cain-Sloan,the theatres all long gone.At least the Arcade is still there.Good the see you back on Cinema Treasures.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm

“most things I recall do not exist anymore” how true ,TLS.

TLSLOEWS on June 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Yeah Mike, me and Robin are friends on Facebook now maybe she could post my photos on there if she still has them. I have posted some theatre stuff on my page.Now back to the Princess Theatre not to be off topic.LOL.

Danny Proctor
Danny Proctor on August 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

My father worked at Florsheim Shoes, on the corner next to the Princess. The Jackson Bldg and that half-block was torn down to build Cain-Sloan Department Store. Florsheim moved around on 6th Ave N next to the Knickerbocker Theatre and the Princess moved down the block to the site of the old Grand Theatre. Like so much of the rich heritage of Nashville, the original site of the Princess and the Jackson Bldg is now an asphalt parking lot, adding to the bank account of Central Parking, Public Enemy No. 1 to Nashville’s architectural history.

DavePrice on August 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Danny52: The original Grand was on Cherry Street (now Fourth Ave) north of Cedar (now Charlotte) and burned November 8, 1902. The name Grand was immediately carried to the former Masonic which was on the north side of Church Street at 422, whereas the New Princess was on the south side in the same block at 415 starting in 1951. There had very briefly been a Parthenon Theater on the south side at 411 in 1915-1916.

jacobailey on June 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

in 1915 a made in Nashville silent era movie in which Hap Sudekum, Lucille Wilson Sudekum and my relative Joshua Brown were in the movie was shown at the Parthenon.Ad appears 6-5-1915 in Nashville paper and 5-30-1915 paper that shows Lucille and Joshua.Believe Lucille was Mrs Harry Sudekum.Hap was Harry and Tony’s brother.

DavePrice on June 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The Parthenon does not have a page here. It was at 411 Church St and only lasted about a year from mid-1915 to mid-1916.

Harry Sudekum died young in 1930. His widow Lucille did not die until 1954 but is buried or entombed with him in the old Mausoleum at Spring Hill. Harry managed the Princess in its early days.

Clarence"Hap" Sudekum was the youngest of the Sudekum brothers and managed the Roxy all through the 1940s.

jacobailey on June 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

do you know of a snodgrass theatre that was in 1915 operational in nashville. Sam Davis movie was shown there.are there any of the sudekum family still alive.

jacobailey on June 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

the connor company was the production company of the sam davis movie. they sent 750 photos taken during production of the movie to the Library of Congress for copyright processing. in 2010 i discovered the library made these prints but only 15 images were saved.

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